Piano • Trombone
Clark Atlanta Univerity
Herman Spearman was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Starting at Venetian Hills Elementary he began learning music as a trombone player. As he continued to develop as a student he became associated with various music organizations and ensembles at a young age. He attended high school at North Atlanta School of the Performing Arts. While there, he was a member of the Concert, Symphonic, Jazz Band and Orchestra under the direction of Reginald Colbert. It was during this time that he developed a love for Jazz music and was awarded the Louis Armstrong Outstanding Jazz Performer Award at school. Also, in high school he met his mentor Mr. John Peek. Later he would go on to perform with Mr. Peek’s Atlanta African American Philharmonic Orchestra while still in high school.
After graduating high school, Herman attended Clark Atlanta University as music major and a member of the CAU Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dr. James Patterson. While there he participated in the European Jazz Tour with the Jazz Orchestra, performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea, and Umbria Jazz Festival in the summer of 2000 and 2001. After leaving school Herman enlisted in the Navy for six years, stationed mainly in the Norfolk, Virginia area.
Still very much dedicated to music, he left the Navy and moved back to Atlanta. Graduating from Clark Atlanta University as a Jazz Studies major Spring of 2021, Herman has continued his professional career performing with artists such as the legendary Teddy Riley, and international Cantonese Pop artist and movie star Andy Lau, as well as recording with the artists Louis York, among many others. Passion for music has led him to share what was given by so many in the great people in the music community in Atlanta. Sharing his gift and love for music brings him great joy through teaching and encouraging those interested in learning music.